However, we do not recommend using compression at all. Working with uncompressed data directly from the distribution medium is much more convenient, while on the other hand the reduction of costs do not justify the additional effort. Furthermore, by using compression on your distribution media you'll increase the probability of software incompatibilities on the user side.
If you're using a well established standard medium like CD-R, it's very unlikely that you'll run into hardware compatibility problems. On the other hand, large tapes and magneto-optical media may require special hardware to read.
Avoid special hardware whenever possible to avoid trouble with extinct or not supported hardware in the future. The author has seen cases where a valuable speech corpus could not be loaded any more, because it was produced on special DEC magneto-optical disks. The data were actually lost because of that fact.